Celebrating the 193rd anniversary of Hobart College’s founding, Charter Day 2015 will begin in St. John’s Chapel on Friday, April 17 at 4:30 p.m., following a short opening ceremony at the flagpole on South Main Street between Trinity and Geneva Halls.
One of the year’s honored celebrations, Charter Day is held each spring to commemorate the granting of Hobart’s charter by the State of New York on April 10, 1822. Awards are given to Hobart students in recognition of their academic achievements, community service and leadership, and new members of the Orange Key, Chimera and Druid societies are honored.
James Coghlin ’90 — chief operating officer, vice chair and co-owner of Coghlin Companies Inc. — will deliver the day’s keynote address. A member of Sigma Chi while on campus, Coghlin graduated with a degree in sociology before joining his family’s business. Coghlin Companies, Inc. is a concept-to-commercialization company with several subsidiaries who engineer and manufacture devices for a diverse group of clients. Its core industries range from medical instruments and telecommunications to robotics and alternative energy.
Aside from managing the corporation’s presence on the global market, Coghlin serves on the board for the United Way of Central Massachusetts and was the co-chair of its annual fundraising campaign. He also serves on committees for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Seven Hills Foundation, and the 15-40 Connection. Coghlin is a member of the Young Adult Forum and sits on the board for Latitude Beverages, which produces 90+ Cellars wine.
Student Trustee Nicolas Stewart ’15, an architectural studies major, will give the student address for the day. Outside of the classroom, Stewart has acted in several HWS Theatre productions; served in the Hobart Student Government; was president and captain of the HWS Track and Field Club; sang in the a cappella group A Perfect Third; and served as the music chair for the Campus Activities Board.